Prior to last year’s California Coastal Cleanup Day, Redwood City’s Sequoia YC and LA’s Port Royal YC worked with government agencies to develop a program that would encourage yacht clubs and their members to get involved in the annual statewide beach cleaning day
"As a first time event for our club, I was concerned that we would not have enough volunteers," noted Sequoia YC Rear Commodore Winston Bumpus. "Then, as the day approached and after receiving several emails and calls from members saying they would sign up, my next worry was if there was enough trash in our Port for all of these people to pick up. I need not have worried."
Nearly 50 volunteers showed up and in three hours collected over 800 lbs of trash. "All of this stuff would have ended up in our creek, Bay and ocean if we hadn’t taken the time to do our part," Bumpus said.
Now the program has been expanded to all California yacht clubs, with PICYA encouraging its members to participate. Many of those clubs have signed up for tomorrow’s Coastal Cleanup Day, which runs from 9 a.m.-noon. Check your club’s calendar or go to the official website to find the nearest cleanup location to lend a hand. Get your club or marina signed up now for next year’s event here.